OLY-SHOOTING-DAVIS by PJ van Rooyen
JOHANNESBURG June 12 Sapa
DAVIS CONFIDENT OF SUCCESSFUL OLYMPIC SHOOTING CAMPAIGN
Double trap clay pigeon shooter Alistair Davis believes anything can happen when he makes his first Olympic appearance at the London Games on August 2.
"Its obviously my first time at the Olympic games but I think I stand a chance just by being there," Davis said.
"It's a great honour to be representing my country and I can't wait to get there and enjoy the event."
Davis, 19, who is a first-year student at the University of Pretoria, was introduced to the sport a few years ago and said he was fascinated by the precision and accuracy required to be a top marksman.
"I was at a family function and saw people shooting for the first time. I gave it a try and really fell in love with the sport," he said.
"You need to be mentally fit in this sport. It's a discipline which requires a lot of patience and focus.
"Its easy to lose focus if you think about something else, like your end score."
The double trap event sees two clay pigeon targets released simultaneously, with competitors aiming to shoot both out of the sky.
At the Games, shooters will have three rounds of 50 targets, and can achieve a maximum score of 150 points.
Following the preliminary event, the top six competitors will advance into the 50-target final.
Davis said he was confident of a good showing at the London spectacle, having achieved a personal best of 141 points in Italy last month, to qualify and represent South Africa in London.
"I have done well up to this point, now I have to make sure I can do the same when the time comes in England," Davis said.
"I'm excited to get started and it's up to me to make sure I am well prepared."
Davis said he will look to draw from his experience on the big stage after he was selected for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
"The 1/8Commonwealth3/8 Games was a great event. Hopefully, I can take that experience with me and use the things I learnt there to in London as well," the youngster said.
"I'm ready to go out and shoot a new career-best at the Olympic Games!"